Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1523
TO BE ANSWERED ON 01.08.2016
Checks on lakes and Waterbodies in Bengaluru
1523. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether given that under Section 4 of the Solid Waste Management Rules, solid waste dumping and discharge of untreated wastes and effluents is prohibited, the Regulatory Authority has conducted any recent checks and received appropriate response from the Karnataka Government on lakes and waterbodies in Bengaluru;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) further, as required under Section 4(4) of the Rules, whether the State has carried out classification and detailed Environmental Impact Assessment of wetlands as required; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a) to (d) Discharge of untreated wastes and effluent from industries, cities and towns as well as dumping of solid waste in wetlands is prohibited under Rule 4(iv) and (v) of the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010. Also, as per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, no landfill is to be permitted within any wetland. The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority has identified 34 wetlands in Bengaluru city, however, no specific Environmental Impact Assessment study has been conducted by them for these wetlands.